<
>

Giambi still weak; cancer tests negative

NEW YORK -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter missed his second
straight game Thursday because of a small break in his right hand
and probably won't play Friday night in the series opener at
Boston.

Yankees manager Joe Torre watched his All-Star shortstop take
batting practice, then decided not to use him in Thursday's game, a
1-0 win over Toronto.

"Hopefully, Jeter will be ready in a couple of days," Torre
said.

Jeter, hit by a pitch Tuesday from Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano,
said he was fine, but then admitted that he always says he's fine.
He said there was pain in the hand, but that the stiffness had
lessened a bit.

"Any time you get hit in the hands, because there are so many
bones, you never know how bad it's going to be," Jeter said. "It
could have been worse."

Jeter is hitting .278 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.

First baseman Jason Giambi, his average down to .224 with 11
homers and 36 RBIs, spent much of the day at Columbia-Presbyterian
Medical Center undergoing tests to find out why he has been feeling
so weak. The 2000 AL MVP, who did not start in eight straight games
from June 26 to July 4 because of an intestinal parasite, is in an
0-for-18 slump.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said cancer has been ruled
out.

"Everything we've gotten back thus far is negative," Cashman
said.

Cashman said additional results from cultures and other tests
weren't available yet. The goal of all the tests on Giambi was to
"get him peace of mind."

On the pitching front, right-hander Kevin Brown was scheduled to
make another injury rehabilitation start, this time Sunday for
Class-A Staten Island, weather permitting. Brown has been sidelined
since June 9 with a lower back spasm and an intestinal parasite.

Torre said that if all goes well, Brown could rejoin the
rotation the following Friday against Baltimore.

Mike Mussina, out since July 6 because of a stiff right elbow,
played catch Thursday and said he probably will be allowed to
resume throwing off a mound this weekend.